Con­sti­tu­tion next project for Tsipras

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Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras is ex­pected to un­veil today a set of ideas for chang­ing Greece’s Con­sti­tu­tion, in­clud­ing al­low­ing vot­ers – rather than MPs – to elect the coun­try’s pres­i­dent.

In the wake of the govern­ment’s in­abil­ity last week to se­cure a su­per­ma­jor­ity of 200 votes for al­ter­ing the elec­toral sys­tem, Tsipras is ex­pected to pose a se­ries of ques­tions about the Con­sti­tu­tion rather than set out spe­cific pro­pos­als. His aim is to spark a sub­stan­tial de­bate about the changes among par­ties and cit­i­zens.

Apart from the method used for elect­ing the pres­i­dent, as well as the pow­ers that will come with the post, greater use of ref­er­en­dums and par­lia­men­tary im­mu­nity are among the other ar­eas that Tsipras is ex­pected to fo­cus on in his speech. The govern­ment has not ruled out the pos­si­bil­ity of hold­ing an ad­vi­sory ref­er­en­dum on the fi­nal pro­pos­als.

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